/ Camping Lanterns

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Sam_in_Leeds - on 11 Mar 2013
Hello

Thinking about doing quite a bit more camping this summer than ever before and made me think I'd like to splash out on a lantern.

I'll be camping solo for quite a bit of the time so suspect I'll be in my tent for quite a long time.

So, it it better to go for a gas-lantern or an LED lantern?

I was looking at this one in Go-Outdoors but have no idea how long the gas would last? On a low enough to read light, how long would a 500 canister last?

http://www.gooutdoors.co.uk/campingaz-f1-lite-camping-lantern-p118300

I'm looking for something mainly for reading/pottering about in a tent.

I've got a Petzl Mio XP headtorch I can use for things like cooking but find the LED light quite harsh in front of my fave for extended reading sessions.

My camping stove is a gas one too, could I use the same cartridge for lighting/eating or would I get through too much gas?

I'm definitely not going for a petrol one - I worry enough about filling my car up.
skarabrae - on 11 Mar 2013
In reply to Sam_in_Leeds: i may be wrong here, but would a gas lantern not give off carbon monoxide?
The Lemming - on 11 Mar 2013
In reply to Sam_in_Leeds:

My money would go on a wind up LED lantern. I've used a couple over the years and think that they are great. Simply wind up and go. No need to buy extra batteries.

I even used one for several years as a bedside light. It was good enough to light up the whole room.
wilkie14c - on 11 Mar 2013
In reply to Sam_in_Leeds:
A mini maglight for solo camping, you can remove the head unit and turn it into a 'candle' for reading. Tealights are cheap for reading too but you need a glass or something to put them in to stop them being knocked over. Coleman do a mini gas lantern too, the F1 IIRC
wilkie14c - on 11 Mar 2013
In reply to The Lemming:
RE- windups, I got a radio/light/mobile charger all in one gizmo off ebay, battery powered or wind-up, its great!
wilkie14c - on 11 Mar 2013
In reply to blanchie14c:
maglight - candle mode, 3 minutes in
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pa1VulgAaB4
browndog33 - on 11 Mar 2013
In reply to Sam_in_Leeds: Don't know if this is your kind of thing but check out the Uco candle lanterns, I've just bought one for exactly the scenario you mention.
wilkie14c - on 11 Mar 2013
In reply to browndog33: also check out 'UFO' lights from Wilkinsons, circular array of LED's and the back has a magnet to stick to tent fabric (a spoon or something steel on the outside) and a folding hook to hang from above. They take 3 AAAs and only cost 8 quid for 2
SFM - on 11 Mar 2013
In reply to Sam_in_Leeds:

If you decide to opt for a gas lantern then drop me a pm as I have one that
I might sell.
wilkesley - on 12 Mar 2013
In reply to Sam_in_Leeds:
I use a Silverpoint Mini Lantern: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Silverpoint-Mini-Lantern--/dp/B006C0WIS4/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=13630795...

Powered by a button cell, last ages. You can hang from a loop in your tent. Bright enough to read with, but not like the glare of a headtorch.
Monk - on 12 Mar 2013
In reply to Sam_in_Leeds:

A 500 gas canister on a low light (just about Ok to read) will last for ages. Probably for a 2 week holiday or more. It's hard to tell exactly as I tend to use my older, nearly empty cylinders on my gas light. Gas lights are nice, and give off a nice warm light, a comforting noise and tons of heat... which is a major problem if you intend to use it inside a tent. There is jut so much more that could go wrong than with an electric lamp.
martinph78 on 12 Mar 2013
In reply to Sam_in_Leeds: I use the alpkit lantern and it really is brilliant and only 15.

Batteries last for ages, and I really do mean absolutely ages. I find the dim-medium modes cover everything I need to do. I'd take an LED lantern and batteries so you can save your fuel for cooking. I wouldn't want to risk running out of fuel in my lantern and not be able to make breakfast. Also I imagine the gas lanterns give of quite a bit of water vapour and condensation may be a problem inside the tent?

LED lantern such as the alpkit is compact, bright (or dim if you like) and I can't see a reason to use anything else.
Neil Williams - on 12 Mar 2013
In reply to Martin1978:

...except they've sold out and no ETA on more. Shame, I was about to buy one, it looks good :(

Neil
More-On - on 12 Mar 2013
In reply to Sam_in_Leeds: You could try a different approach and use your headlamp with one of these:

http://www.ultralightoutdoorgear.co.uk/montbell_crushable_lamp_shade.html

I should say I haven't used or seen one in the flesh, but at c. 2.40 a gram you cannot go wrong ;-)
GrahamD - on 12 Mar 2013
In reply to Sam_in_Leeds:

Not sure what you mean by solo camping or how big the tent is. For backpacking I would just use a couple of LED head torches - one on dim from the roof of the tent and the other used conventioally for reading.

For car camping a cheap LED lantern unless your tent is really big enough to be safe with a gas lamp.
martinph78 on 12 Mar 2013
In reply to Neil Williams: And there is the problem with alpkit. Make good gear, you just start to recommend it, and they stop stocking it :(

Black Diamond do something similar for 4x the price.
antdav - on 12 Mar 2013
Point your head torch into a bottle of water and it becomes a pretty good lantern.

I bought a cheap gooutdoors LED wind-up one. It's good enough for one but won't light up a big tent very well. Lasts about a week of normal use from fully charged. The wind up is pretty pointless as you need to wind for ages to get any charge into but it came with a 12v connection as well so a quick charge on the way to and from the crag/shop/pub and it's good for a day or 2.
ebygomm - on 12 Mar 2013
In reply to blanchie14c:

This is what we use, we have a mesh tent loft so the camping light just sits in that, far better than a lantern for inside the tent imo

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